Confused Flour Beetle

Confused Flour Beetle Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

common pantry pests
Plodia interpunctella
How To Identify A Confused Flour Beetle

The adult flour beetles are reddish-brown in color, flattened, and about 3/16 (3.5mm) long. The eyes of the confused flour beetle wrap around the sides of thew head from the top to the bottom.

Why Are Confused Flour Beetles Significant

Flour beetles are a common pest of flour. They are unable to feed on whole undamaged grain. They are a common pest in flour mills but are also brought into homes on cereal, flour, and dried pet food. From there they can infest the pantry.

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Where Do They Lay Their Eggs

Female confused flour beetles lay their eggs in what ever food material they happen to be in. The eggs are white or colorless and are covered with a sticky substances which flour adheres to, making the eggs very difficult to find.

Name :

Tribolium confusum

Diet :

Flour, processed grains, grains attacked by other insects, and pet food

Light :

No, confused flour beetles are not attracted to light.

Tips & Tricks

Confused flour beetles inside a sac of flour

How To Get Rid Of Confused Flour Beetles

  • Inspect and locate all infested food and discard or freeze for 6 days at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove food and perform crack and crevice treatments with residual insecticide.
  • Clean up all spilled food products and food storage shelves and storage areas.

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Confused flour beetle trails in flour on the floor

Signs of Confused Flour Beetles

Confused flour beetles make trails in dust which wander in different directions, giving the appearance that they are confused. This however is not how they received their name confused flour beetle. They received the name confused because the confused flour beetle is very similar to the red flour beetle and scientists confused the two species. In the northern United States we are more likely to encounter the confused flour beetle.

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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